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The problem with your kitchen might be the cabinets

By Kathryn Weber
Tribune Content Agency
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If you choose to paint, don’t be shy about color. Try a bold approach.

Kitchen cabinets make a strong style statement, but the thought of replacing yours may seem daunting. A lengthy kitchen renovation usually requires a big budget and often more time than money. But there are lots of ways to freshen up your cabinets and save on both.

Quick changes

Sometimes simply sprucing up the look of your cabinets is all it takes to give your kitchen a whole new feel. Easy updates usually start with paint. If your cabinets are already painted, why not change the color?

And don’t be shy. Try a bold approach with bright shades of orange, robin’s egg blue or yellow. If those colors seem a little too loud, other options include all shades of gray, mossy greens and steely blues. Or, you could simply try painting only the top or bottom cabinets to create a contrast.

Still more choices include choosing select cabinets for painting, such as an island or a sink cabinet.

Other quick changes include removing a few cabinet doors to create an open display. The look can give your kitchen a new focal point and can make the room seem larger. Of course, door insets can also be removed and replaced with glass ( www.bendheimcabinetglass.com/) for a lighter, brighter look.

Renovate

If you have a larger budget, resurfacing will give your cabinets a new look. You can hire a contractor or replace doors and drawer fronts yourself by ordering online ( www.cabinetdoordepot.com/).

If you’re ready to move on from cabinets all together, consider replacing them with open shelves. Yet another way to shake things up is to do a minimal tear-out and just replace one bank of cabinets with shelves.

If you’d like bold style and want a big graphic print or design on your cabinets, or even a picture of your favorite vacation spot, it’s all possible with Custom Cupboards Facets cabinets. Virtually any design, color or picture you can imagine can be imprinted on your cabinets. Love plaid or geometric designs? Even these are available ( www.customcupboards.com/Facets).

Jazzy options

Still another option is tricking out your cabinets. This can include installing roll-out shelves and organizers, interior lighting, under-cabinet lighting, and painting or wallpapering the cabinet interiors. New hardware always adds interest.

Retro style is making strides, too. Try adding arched framing around a kitchen window or rounded corner cabinets that were once so popular. If your cabinet fronts are flat, interesting molding and accents like bead board can change the appearance. Even small, simple additions can have a big impact.

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